A bit like a dream, I’ve just returned from a whirlwind six days back in my beloved Korea. I was exploring Seoul and Jeju with The Korea Blog and fellow bloggers Alex, Asif, Chris, Eleonora, Paul and Suzy, who have been helping me keep in touch with Korea through their newsy blogs (click on the names to find them!) The union of the WKBs made this trip all the more special.
Before I forget, here’s a brief journal of what I did each day:
Day 1: Regaining my Seoul
Bukak Skyway and Pavilion
Day 2: Piecing together old and new Korea
Deoksugung Royal Palace
National Museum of Korea
Sinsa-dong Tree-lined Street (Garosu-Gil)
Day 3: Bloggers unite
Korea Cultural Information Service (KOCIS) visit, meeting KOCIS Director
Flying to Jeju Island
Jeju New 7 Wonders of Nature presentation
16th Olle trek course
Teddy Bear Museum
Day 4: Uncovering Mysterious Jeju
Mysterious Road / Goblin Hill
Kim Young Gap Gallery
Phoenix Island / Seopijikoji
Day 5: The Sweetest Flavour
Flying back to Seoul
SBS Inki Gayo live pop countdown
Cycling by the Han River
Late-night shopping in Dongdaemun
Day 6: The Fondest Farewell
Last meal in Korea (banquet-like!) at airport
Waving ‘bye bye for now’, happy to have spent some time in Korea 🙂
Don’t worry, all will be explained and re-told in detail and in good time, both by me and the other WKBs (we all agreed that one of the great things about blogging is experiencing different perspectives and writings that reflect each blogger’s style and preference. I can’t wait to see what everyone has to say about our time in Seoul and Jeju).
For now, I can say with certainty that I saw, learnt and realised a wealth of new things during the trip. Some fun things I discovered are:
The K-Blogger Community in Seoul and across Korea is very active and collaborative. There’s a bunch of astute, informed writers working hard to keep us all entertained and educated.
Coffee Shop Culture has got bigger and bigger over the last 3 years. A new chain called ‘Cafe Bene’ has opened up, and is a big hit.
New Konglish including ‘glam-our’ to mean ‘curvy’ and ‘point-uh’ to mean an eye-catching item of clothing. I can’t wait to learn more!
Samsung Lexus Ice Cream Sandwich is the new must-have technology that gadget geeks have been waiting for.
Veganism has taken off, with the first-ever vegan chain restaurant Loving Hut spread across the land.
Korean Architecture is influenced by ancient design and concepts from diverse Asian and European countries as well as Korea itself.
Bridge Restaurants have popped up along the Han River, as kooky and trendy places to eat.
K-pop Sarang I’ve seen K-pop in a whole new light, and cannot deny just how fun it is live. I was also introduced to loads of groups and artists- Orange Caramel are my new faves. The cuter, the better!
Now that I’m home, I’m also reflecting on how the destinations I visited made me feel, and what I’ve taken away from my time there. This is how I sum it up:
I felt at home here, and have decided I really want to live here someday.
Favourite experience: Inki Gayo
This island made me feel more at peace and relaxed than I have for a very long time. Historically, everyone who visits Jeju falls in love with it.
Favourite experience: Sangumburi Crater ❤
- Don’t forget to vote for Jeju as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature before November 11th: http://www.new7wonders.com/
- You can check out my previous trip to Jeju (summer 2008) here 🙂